A trip to Prague is a dream for any traveler. Just imagine: rooftops and observation decks, narrow streets and the main sights of Prague. And if this dream came true we envy you! Those who are in love with Prague know it firsthand, this desire to see all its sights at once. We ourselves had a hard time choosing, so we decided to help you and created a guide to Prague and with it you'll know where to go and what to see. We sincerely hope that it will make your acquaintance with the Czech capital more interesting and comfortable.
Visiting Prague in a day is not an easy task. It seems impossible to spot all the important sights on the map in such a short period of time, but we know that the more difficult the task is, the more interesting it is, so we are going to tell you how you can see the main sights of Prague in a day.
We start our first visit in Prague with a walking tour in the Old Town and head straight to Prague Castle. This is a paradise for those who like to walk because the most important historical buildings for the history of the city are situated and spread on the territory of 7 hectares.
Once the Prague Castle was a wooden fortress, which was built from makeshift materials, but later turned into the residence of the Czech rulers. To continue the tradition, today the President's residence is located in Prague Castle. When you stop in front of the entrance to the Castle, do not rush to enter. Perhaps you will be able to see the changing of the guard at the three gates of the Castle which takes place every hour from 7 am to 10 pm in the summer season and until 6 pm in winter. If you happened to be there at 12 am, you will find the changing of the guard accompanied to the music of a military band.
Opening hours: Prague Castle and the Garden on the Bastion from 6 am to 10 pm.
Timetable: from April to October: from 9 am till 5 pm. From November to March: from 9 am till 4 pm.
Cost of the tickets: Prague Castle is divided into several districts, tickets are sold separately for each of them. Ticket prices start from 250 crowns. There are also discounts and family tickets.
The next stop in our trip is St. Vitus Cathedral. Today it is a functioning Gothic cathedral. Its walls remember how the rulers of the city were crowned and saw off on their last journey. It's better than a history textbook!
The thing is that it was continuously built for six centuries by the best architects, and therefore the cathedral absorbed the features of the most important periods of art and architecture such as Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance traditions. Moreover, St. Vitus Cathedral is a strategically important object for our itinerary. It is worth climbing the observation tower of the cathedral and you will have a chance to see a panoramic view of the city from a height of 124 meters. We advise you to plan a visit in the morning or evening. This way you are more likely not to be surrounded by crowds and you will enjoy the view in silence and solitude.
Opening hours: from November to March: from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 12 am to 4 pm on Sundays. From April to October: from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Saturday and from 12 am to 18:00 on Sundays.
Cost: free, ticket to the observation deck is 150 crowns.
Right after the visit to the observation deck, we are going to Golden Street. According to the legend, it was named so because alchemists and jewelers used to settle on it. In these cute «gingerbread houses» they worked with stones and gold. Walk along the Golden street and try to imagine yourself surrounded by craftsmen who forged the whole Prague Castle. Expositions could help you use your imagination. Today they are located in every house. For example, in house 27 there are herbs and flasks, because a healer lived there.
We leave the Prague Castle and head to the Mala Strana area. Stay a little longer on the main Lesser Town Square. It was surrounded by buildings in the Baroque and Renaissance styles, and the St. Mikulas Church, the stalactite wall, the Sala terrena loggia and a whole ensemble of palaces and gardens were hidden in the area. We assure you it is very beautiful!
Passing Mala Strana, we are moving towards the Old Town Square. Find the astronomical clock in the old square, compare it with yours and head to the Charles Bridge. On the way you will encounter the wall of John Lennon, which is the Prague symbol of freedom of speech. Here everyone who has something to say leaves messages on the wall for the people, for the future and for the city.
After the John Lennon wall, we are heading to Charles Bridge, which is considered the most iconic touristy sight in Prague and the main spot to take pictures. It is the main way across the Vltava River and every day tourists walk along it from one bank of the river to the other. The entrance to the bridge is free, and its length is over 500 meters. As you walk across the bridge, look around and contemplate the beautiful sculptures. Usually everyone is looking for the sculpture of John of Nepomuk since it is the most famous one. We are going to share with you one little, but important detail of the Charles Bridge. Try to find the Crucifixion. This is the oldest sculpture, which was made in 1657.
The next point in our itinerary is Wenceslas Square. It is one of the largest squares in the world and another famous tourist place in Prague. Once you made it to the square, imagine how a few years ago the independence of the Czech and Slovak lands from Austria-Hungary was proclaimed, as well as the loud Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution happened exactly here. It's hard to wrap your head around this, but you are in a place that is literally saturated with political and historical events.
Now we are moving towards our next spot on the map of Prague attractions which is the Powder Tower. It could have become a gate, if in the 17th century they had not preferred a powder store. That's the reason it is called this way. Today everyone goes up this Gothic-style tower to see the panorama of the city. The Powder Tower is the last sight of the old city, and it will be the final chord in our acquaintance with top attractions in Prague and its history.
Opening hours of the observation deck: from November till December: from 10 am till 6 pm. From December to March: from 10 am till 8 pm. From April till October: from 10 am till 10 pm.
Cost: starting from 100 crowns.
We have created an interactive map of Prague for you to get around easily. You can check the route around the city here. We consider it our duty to remind you that these are only the main touristy sights in Prague. You don't have to follow exactly this itinerary, feel free to deviate. Prague is charming because you can stumble upon beautiful spots at every intersection.
If walking tours are not for you, don't panic and remember about other ways of exploring the city and there are many other things to do in Prague. What sights can you see from the water? How long will it take to cross the Vltava? To answer your questions we have created water tours that are perfect for your first visit.
We are sure that boat trips in Prague will definitely conquer your heart, because this is a great option for those who prefer to contemplate the views with a glass of sparkling wine as well as for intellectuals who can't enjoy a good trip without a guided tour. Here is what we have for you!
Grand Cruise is a two-hour trip on a double-deck boat with a restaurant. This option is perfect for those whose curiosity is not limited to excursions in the Old City, we are going to go further. From the Chekhov Bridge we will reach Vysehrad through Old and New Prague. The Smichov Locks, Charles Bridge, the National Theater and other famous sights can be clearly seen from the water.
For your comfort, the boat has free WI-FI and a restaurant with a bar. So the trip will be accompanied by delicious food and panoramic views of the city. Don't be afraid of the rain! The boat is equipped with a panoramic roof that will protect you from the rain, but won't deprive you from the view of the Prague sky. The excursion brochure is going to be your personal assistant. There you can find all the necessary information and later on you can give some useful tips for your friends about the historical and cultural sights of Prague.
Timetable: departure every day at 12 am and 3 pm.
Departure: from the pier on the Dvorak Embankment near the Chekhov Bridge.
Cost: standard ticket is 20 euros, children ticket is 12 euros.
For those who are not so eager to see all of the Prague sights from the water, we advise you to choose an hour tour in Prague. If you are this type of traveler, you can just find an hour between 11 am to 7 pm and go on a trip on an open-deck boat with an audio guide.
A tour of the main sights of Prague, including Chekhov and Charles bridges, Smichov locks and the Old Town Tower can be appropriately complemented by light snacks from the bar on the boat. After this amazing cruise in Prague it is unlikely that you will come back as the same person, because a part of your heart will be stolen by Prague forever.
Timetable: daily from 10 am till 9 pm.
Departure: from the pier on the Dvorak and Chekhov Bridge embankments.
Cost: standard ticket is 14 euros, children's ticket is 8 euros.
A romantic tour in Prague with a glass of Prosecco is going to be your love at first sight. It's a dream came true! While the views of Prague Castle, Rudolfinum and Chekhov Bridge are passing the panoramic windows of a single-deck boat, you and your loved ones are going to enjoy a cheese plate and a glass of prosecco to complete the whole picture of your romantic cruise.
Those who want to set off on a romantic boat tour can take a guidebook in 16 languages. It will tell you about the most iconic sights in Prague. After this trip you will acquire two important treasures such as unforgettable day in each other's love stories and romantic feelings for Prague, the city that you managed to get acquainted with.
Timetable: Friday and Saturday at 4 pm.
Cost: standard ticket is 18 euros, children's ticket is 12 euros.
It's a perfect option for those who prefer intimacy to the noise of the crowds, and mysticism to reality. Let's go on the most mysterious journey along the waters of the Vltava and the Chertovka canal. Just think of the name of the channel, how can you do without horror stories! We will spice it up for you! There are legends that the canal is called Chertovka because of the miller's daughter, whose family mill stood on the banks of the channel. The girl really wanted to get to the royal ball, but the family could not afford such a luxury. Then the miller's daughter decided to do something desperate and sold her soul to the devil. She paid her price for this and immediately after the royal ball went missing. The interesting and mysterious fact in the history of Chertovka is that Franz Kafka once lived on the banks of the channel.
So lovers of legends and mysticism should definitely take a boat ride on the waters of Chertovka. The most intimate trip is waiting for you and 24 other fellow travelers. You are going to see Prague Castle, Mala Strana, Charles Bridge and the Velkoprevorsky Mlyn, drenched in this ambience of the Middle Ages.
Timetable: departure daily from 10:15 am to 8:15 pm.
Cost: standard ticket is 18 euros, children's ticket is 10 euros.
So different from the water and from the land, so ceremonial and mystical, New and Old and all of this is Prague. Gothic buildings, narrow streets, boats, observation decks are there to be discovered and contemplated. We hope that now it will be easier for you to organize your day in Prague and fill it with tours and excursions, and you will conquer this city, because it will certainly conquer you. Have a great trip!